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Don’t get in the car!

Confessed murderer John Gardner

It has been about a year since John Gardner pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Chelsea King, formerly of Naperville, Illinois, and Amber DuBois. There were three women that were attacked by Gardner. Candice Moncayo was the only victim to escape with her life.

Chelsea King and Candice Moncayo were attacked while they were out running and Amber DuBois was abducted off the street while on her way to school.

Amber’s mother, Carrie McGonigle, needed to hear from Gardner exactly what had happened to her daughter.

McGonigle, who had spoken with Amber about being approached by strangers in the weeks before her murder, pushed hard to meet with Gardner before he was sentenced to learned why he targeted Amber and how he captured her.

Gardner told her in a jailhouse meeting that he forced Amber into his car on Feb. 13, 2009 by trapping her on a fenced street and threatening her with a knife and gun.

He “told her to get in the car or it would be a lot worse for her,” McGonigle told “Good Morning America” today. “She had nowhere to go. She was stuck.” “He said, ‘I had a knife and a gun,'” she said. “He says he didn’t show it. I don’t know.”

If a car pulls up and the guy points a gun at you and says get in the car, what are you going to do? To learn more about what you should do click here.

Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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